Antony & Cleopatra @ The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Josette Simon and Antony Byrne.
Photo by Helen Maybanks

After the heated political tension of Julius Caesar, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome season continues with a foray into Egypt for Antony & Cleopatra. The mood here is, initially at least, much lighter than the previous visit to Mark Antony but there are still tensions in Rome! Continue reading

Julius Caesar @ The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Andrew Woodall as Caesar.
photo by Helen Maybanks

It’s an accepted cliché that, whatever the prevailing political mood there is a Shakespeare play that adequately reflects, comments on or holds a mirror up to it. Like all the best clichés it has become so ingrained in the consciousness of theatregoers because it is largely true. Thus at a time when we worry about the power of world leaders like Trump and the ability of political parties with extremist views to gain momentum Julius Caesar seems incredibly apt. Continue reading

Blondel is Back!

A brand new version of the Tim Rice musical comedy Blondel (long a guilty pleasure of those of us here in the Cheap Seats), which follows the trials and triumphs of an ambitious minstrel in King Richard the Lionheart’s court, will get its London premiere at the Union Theatre from Wednesday 21 June – Saturday 15 July! Continue reading

Forty Years On @ Chichester Festival Theatre

Alan Cox, Richard Wilson & Jenny Galloway

Alan Bennett’s Forty Years On is a curious play. His first outing as playwright (back in 1968) is charmingly eccentric, wonderfully witty and every bit a Bennett play. In fact it comes across as if the History Boys stumbled into a production of ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ and decided to join in the fun. Continue reading

Titanic Plots A Course for Southampton!

Here in the Cheap Seats we never used to be big fans of Titanic, but when we saw Danielle Tarento and Thom Southerland‘s sublime production last year our minds were totally changed (you can read our rave review here). Now we’re thrilled that this glorious production is coming back and will set sail from it’s spiritual home in Southampton! Read on for the full lowdown. Continue reading

CCADS Present Double Bill!

Following the recent success of their highly acclaimed production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at The Kings Theatre,  multi award-winning CCADS Theatre return to Hayling’s intimate Station Theatre and Portsmouth’s atmospheric Square Tower with two very different but equally compelling two-person shows – one musical and one play. Continue reading

The Curious Incident of The Dog In the Night-Time @ Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre has been a top destination for touring musicals for longer than we can remember and in recent years they’ve added top class drama to their repertoire. We sent Emma van Kooperen to check out Curious Incident as it arrived on the south coast! Continue reading

The Red Shoes @ Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

THE RED SHOES by Bourne, , Choreographer and Director – Mathew Bourne, Designer – Lez Brotherstoni, Lighting – Paule Constable, Plymouth, 2016, Credit: Johan Persson/

It’s a rare thing, when you’re a regular theatregoer, to see something that is truly fresh and wonderfully new! Matthew Bourne seems to have knack for it though and his adaptation of The Red Shoes, based on the 1948 movie, is the sort of production that stays in the mind for weeks and that you’ll talk about for years! Continue reading

Mikhail Baryshnikov Brings One Man Show to London

Brodsky/Baryshnikov is a one-man show, performed by legendary dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, based on the poems of Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky.  The production is an emotional journey deep into the poet’s visceral and complex compositions.  For the UK premiere, the show comes to the West End’s Apollo Theatre for a limited run of four nights only. Continue reading

Crowdfunding Campaign Lauched For Kicked in the Sh*tter

Following on from the success of his play Sid, playwright Leon Fleming and director Scott Le Crass return with Kicked in the Sh*tter and in order to bring a play that we at Cheap Seats feel is tackling a very important subject, they’ve launched a crowd funding campaign Continue reading

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